The World In Miniature

How Perfect are the details

How Perfect are the details

Everything is changing colour right now!

Everything is changing colour right now!

In the fall – when the rains come and the temperature dips an amazing thing happens in our temperate rain forests – the fungus’ appear.

They grow from the moss and lichens that cover the ground and trees; they push up ten times their weight in forest loam to reach the air; they are amazing; they come in many colours shapes and forms and I find them all fascinating.

The fungus names are evocative as well, fairy caps and puff balls.  They come in a myriad of colours, white, brown, red and even blue!

Growing from tree branches dripping with mosses, they appear like magic at this time of year - fairy caps these are sometimes called.

Growing from tree branches dripping with mosses, they appear like magic at this time of year – fairy caps these are sometimes called.

The mossy grounds around were steaming in the sun!

The mossy grounds around were steaming in the sun!

Yesterday was a wet day.  Well, except for the glorious hour we spend spent walking around Morrell Sanctuary.  The sun came out and illuminated the forest around us.  The air was thick with moisture at times as the sun evaporated the water from the ground and the trees, moss and tumbling leaves glistened and glimmered with water.  The sun stayed out for most of our walk and as we left the park the skies were clouding over again.

The canopy changes overhead as we wander through the paths at Morrell.

The canopy changes overhead as we wander through the paths at Morrell.

All quiet on the lake,

All quiet on the lake,

Depending on where we were in the park, the canopy overhead was dappled green and blue, or red, yellow, green and blue and sometimes simply blue!

There were Mallards on the lake – simply floating over the surface of the quiets waters adding a wonderful grace note to the morning.

I hope that you enjoy the discovery.

Lynette

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Lost Lake Marvels

Mossy path up the bank!  Complete with handholds.

Mossy path up the bank! Complete with handholds.

Watching the world!

Watching the world!

Yesterday we walked around Lost Lake Park – it was wonderful – and made extra special by the presence of Beavers – four of them.  I had never seen Beavers outside of a zoo!

Swimming away!

Swimming away!

 

 

 

 

 

After the rains the all of the mosses are greening.  The leaves and needles are dropping, adding brown and red notes to the moss.  The mushrooms and fungus have started growing again in the damp spots and forest is alive with the new growth!

Heading for the shore!

Heading for the shore!

Leaves and Needles on the Green.

Leaves and Needles on the Green.

FALL is HERE!!!

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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Mystic Gabriola

Looking across from Piper's to Gabriola! Rising from the Ocean and mists.

Looking across from Piper’s to Gabriola! Rising from the Ocean and mists.

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The Sky is the Limit!

Cumulous Beauty

Cumulous Beauty

When we woke up this morning it was raining – not a soft rain – but a relentless, pounding downpour!  I was so disappointed – I had really been looking forward to this walk.  But as the day opened the skies lifted and the rain stopped and the walk went from a quick meander in a small park to a perfect seaside scramble – no wind, only a little rain and an amazing sky.

Amazing Light

Amazing Light

No Beach, only logs!

No Beach, only logs!

This morning the air and skies took center stage as we walked Piper’s Lagoon.  The tide was very high – right up to the logs, and there was no beach.

The Mallard Ducks were thrilled.  The tide was well up into the beach grasses and the ducks were feasting, bobbing up and down, appearing and disappearing through the grass.

Mallards in the beach grass.

Mallards in the beach grass.

Autumn has really hit the park.  The Garry Oak leaves are turning colour rapidly and dropping to the ground.  The wild rose hips are red against the bare grey brown branches and the grasses and weeds are browning out as well.

The Garry Oaks are rapidly changing colour!

The Garry Oaks are rapidly changing colour!

An ever changing sky.

An ever changing sky.

The landscape was coloured by the sky this morning – the storm light and sun light moving and blending as the skies opened and closed.

There are still a few late blooming daisies in the garden, but everything else is loosing leaves and changing colour – fall has definitely arrived!

 

Rain drenched but standing tall.

Rain drenched but standing tall.

Racing away.

Racing away.

I haven’t blogs for a while – my focus has been very narrow and I have missed this outlet.  I put my life on hold while knitting Rhiannon’s Cloak for the competition.  Then I have had to catch up on everything that didn’t get done then.  I am starting to see the light and this morning’s skies were so perfect!

I hope that you enjoy the walk and looking up!

Lynette

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Fall Mornings

Looking over towards Gabriola Island.

Looking over towards Gabriola Island.

Clear blue skies and Autumn tones leaves - beautiful inspiration.

Clear blue skies and Autumn tones leaves – beautiful inspiration.

Amazing mornings this weekend -

Saturday at Neck Point!  The skies were clear and blue, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing in across the Strait and life was good!  We had a lazy walk around the park, there were a lot of people out with dogs and children for Sophie to greet and I ran into a friend and had a quick conversation – it was a lovely way to start the day.

Sunlight pouring down through the leaves and onto the trail.

Sunlight pouring down through the leaves and onto the trail.

And Sunday at Hemer Park was just as beautiful.  The sunlight through the trees seems to be the theme of the weekend as I took quite a few pictures of “light and leaves”.

Fall is most definitely coming now.  The breeze has a bite and the leaves are turning on the branches.  In some cases the leaves show vibrant colour, maples, oaks and aspens; or becoming thin and brittle, some of the oak leaves at Neck Point were see through; or simply wilting and dying off like the Indian Plum at Hemer!

There were birds a plenty at Hemer.  A Great Blue Heron was perched on a drowned fence post in the marsh and there were ducks scattered across  the surface of the marsh as well.

Heron at rest - waiting for breakfast to swim by!

Heron at rest – waiting for breakfast to swim by!

A drowned forest - stumps showing up through the algae and water.  Sophie disturbed quite a few frogs!

A drowned forest – stumps showing up through the algae and water. Sophie disturbed quite a few frogs!

We walked a new path through Hemer.  One that branched off to the right and took us to the other side of the marsh.  The undergrowth was a little different.  There were less hemlock and pine and more maple and aspen trees.  There was a long drowned piece of forest in a low lying expanse of land.

The Moss was beautiful, hanging and glowing through the branches of the trees.

The Moss was beautiful, hanging and glowing through the branches of the trees.

And Moss, there was moss hanging from almost every branch at some points.  The moss glowed an amazing green in the sunlight.  It was beautiful.

The walk moved us up and down through small valleys around the park and eventually brought us out to the road above the parking lot.  Lovely walk.

The park is drier than I have ever seen it – it has been a very long, warm and dry summer for us.  The rains have come now – I hope that they stay for a while.

Happy Walking

Lynette

 

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Rhiannon’s Cloak

rhiannons cloakYesterday was Submission Day for the Stevie Nicks Design Competition - now it is up to Fate as we wait for the results!  Voting through Facebook and Twitter is open until Sept 29th, 10:00 am Pacific Time.

Rhiannon’s Cloak is the name of my submission.  Please take the time to have  a look at the submissions and cast a vote.

Now that the submission date is past I can slow down and go back to my more “normal” schedule – regular posts – work on all of my half done patterns and just work on finishing Rhiannon’s Cloak.

This is the most ambitious beaded project that I have ever undertaken and I am loving every minute of it!  There will be over 15000 beads and crystals on this piece and it will drape and move with the weight of the beads.

I have had a great deal of help along the way with this project.  Chuck MacQuarrie designed the Concept Illustration and submission image for me.  Emily edited and rewrote my description until it said everything I wanted it to say and Ron and Theresa Miskin of the Buffalo Wool Co. have been staunch with their support from day one.

Thank-you all for the support – now go and vote!!  LOL!

Lynette

Concept Illustration and layout of my submission.  Work by Chuck MacQuarrie

Concept Illustration and layout of my submission. Work by Chuck MacQuarrie

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Easy Birds Nest Cookies

I needed to bake…. I wanted to bake…. and I had a craving for Birds Nest Cookies.  So I went looking at recipe’s and then blended a few to come up with my own!

Dessert tonight - I wonder if there will be any left tomorrow?

Dessert tonight – I wonder if there will be any left tomorrow

 

Here is my easy recipe – it makes about 2 doz – depending on size of cookie!  LOL!  I only got 20!

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and lightly grease cookie sheet
  2. before starting dough finely chop 1 cup walnuts and place into a bowl
  3. in a small bowl beat one egg with 1 tbsp. of  milk
  4. place walnuts and egg mixture to the side until the dough is formed
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2/3 cup demara brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • cream butter, sugar and vanilla together until soft
  • add 2 cups unbleached flour to creamed mixture and mix until soft dough forms
  • roll into approx. 1 inch balls
  • dip each ball into egg mixture and then roll in walnuts
  • place on greased cooked sheet, approx. 1/2 inch apart; and form a well in the center of each cookie with your thumb
  • spoon approx. 1/2 tsp jam into each well

Bake in 350º for 15 to 18 min – cool on sheet 5 min and then move to cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Lynette

 

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